2016-2017 Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, Garden Club meetings are held on the last Monday of the month (from September through April) at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish St. Theresa's Church at 15 Still River Road in Harvard, MA. Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.. Meetings are cancelled if Harvard Public Schools are closed.

Nature Walks :TBA

September 2016

Sept. 19 Board Meeting at 9:15 a.m. (see yearbook for location)
Sept. 26 Regular Meeting: Sustaining the Monarch, One Yard at a Time; Speaker: Katie Banks Hone
An aquarist and educator, Katie received a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2012 that helped her transform her family’s Ipswich River-front property into a haven for wildlife. When she added milkweeds to the other native plantings in the garden, she found monarch butterfly eggs on them and began raising them with her young children. Katie will tell us about the natural history, migration, and reasons for decline of the monarch butterfly. She will also discuss how we can help the monarch in our own yards by planting a native pollinator garden and being good observers.
Hospitality Committee: Mary Ann Piasecki, Linda Demkoski, Deborah Dowson, Nancy Gasser, Anni McCoy, Margaret Nestler, Becky Shives
Floral arrangement: Jesse Panek

October 2016

Oct. 24Board Meeting at 9:15 a.m. (see yearbook for location)
Oct. 27 Flower Arranging Workshop, 1:30-2:30, Friendly Crossways, 247 Littleton County Rd.
By popular demand we will hold a wreath making workshop. We will construct a simple wreath, appropriate for your door in the Fall. This can be changed into a holiday weath with the addition of more objects. Please wear an apron or old clothes and bring work gloves or rubber gloves, scissor, wire cutter or old scissor, small glue gun if you have one, 4" to 6" plastic plate. The cost is $25.
Oct. 31Regular Meeting: How to Make Your Life Easier Using Mat Forming Native Plants; Speaker: Dan Jaffe
Dan is a wildflower propagator and stock bed grower at the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods. He will tell us how to use two types of mat-forming native plants – small, clump--forming, “specialty” wildflowers that you can use as accents; and “solid” spreading, low-maintenance plants that work well in larger spaces. (If you are one of the lucky people who bought a trillium at our plant sale, Dan can also offer advice on making it happy.
Hospitality Committee: Mimi Dorward, Pam Durant, Donna Fuller, Kathy Jackson, Theresa Ledoux, Arline Marteney, Pam Watson
Floral arrangement: Joan Chu

November 2016

Nov. 21Board Meeting at 9:15 a.m. (see yearbook for location)
Nov. 28Regular Meeting: Decorating Ecologically; Speaker: Deb Dowson
As the holidays approach, stores try to entice us with their mass-produced decorations of glitter and glitz. Rather than buy more “stuff,” Deb Dowson encourages us to use natural and recycled materials to celebrate. She will inspire us with slides of trees with all handmade decorations from Tower Hill’s biennial event, Holly Days, particularly from 2014 when she entered a tree decorated with ornaments made from pages of books headed for the dumpster. Deb will bring in inspirations from her collection of natural materials, give us lots of ideas for decorations to do at home, and give a brief workshop where we make a simple ornament out of recycled material.
Hospitality Committee: Phyllis Clawson, Teddy Coffin, Molly Cutler, Talia Lambie, Mary Maxwell, Chris Ready, Bobbie Taylor
Floral arrangement: Teddy Coffin

December 2016

Dec. 12 Holiday Greens Workshop
9:30 a.m. to noon
The club gathers each year to make baskets of greens for shut-ins and arrangements for themselves. Bring some greens and a container for your arrangement, trade with other members, and buy foam and trimmings.
Coordinator: Deborah Dowson
Hospitality: Connie Grabowy and Barbara Smith

January 2017

Jan. 23Board Meeting at 9:15 a.m. (see yearbook for location)
Jan. 30 Regular Meeting: Arranging the Supermarket Bouquet; Speaker: Club members
When someone “says it with flowers,” do you (a) Plop the wrapped bouquet in water with a promise to arrange it later (b) Unwrap the flowers and put them in a vase just as they are (c) Ignore the bearer of the gift while you fuss to arrange the flowers just right according to all the rules. This program will present option “d.” Five club members will be given identical bunches of flowers, and we will watch as each arranges them in a short period of time. Will they be identical? Have certain things in common? Be very different? Each will explain her strategies, and observers will get ideas for the next time they receive a bunch of flowers.
Hospitality Committee: Pat Jennings, Shannon Dandridge, Pat DeLuca, Fran Maiore, Pam Marston, Rachel Ross, Christine Spielvogel, Marie Finnegan
Floral arrangement: Bobbie Taylor

February 2017

Feb. 20Board Meeting at 9:15 a.m. (see yearbook for location)

March 2017

March 6 Joint Meeting with the Harvard Woman’s Club
The Glass Flowers of Harvard University; Speaker: Jerry Brown
One of Harvard University's most famous treasures is the Blaschka Glass Models of Plants. This unique collection of over 4,000 models representing over 830 plant species was created by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka from Dresden, Germany.
Hospitality Committee: Shirley Boudreau, Marty Green, Dee Lee, Margaret Murphy, Carlene Phillips, Janice Rusiecki, Barbara Spencer, Claudia Wesley
Floral arrangement:Lois Frampton
March 20 Board Meeting at 9:15 a.m. (see yearbook for location)
Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
March 27 Regular Meeting: The Sustainable-Enough Garden; Speaker: Rebecca Warner
An author and home gardener, Rebecca will present easy steps for making your garden more sustainable, based on her research and hands-on trials of new approaches. She’ll describe simple, time-saving ways to make compost and mulch, improve soil, harvest rainwater for irrigation, and prepare your planting beds. You’ll also learn how to combat climate change by making your own potting mix without using peat. Her book will be available for purchase.
Hospitality Committee: Suzan Osborn, Ruth Bobzin, Vicki Burns, Lee Callinan, Joan Chu, Denyse Cox, Joanne Williamson
Floral arrangement: Karen Green

April 2017

  Plant Sale Potting Workshops begin
April 17 Board Meeting at 9:15 a.m. (see yearbook for location)
April 24 Regular Meeting: What’s Your Garden Style; Speaker: Rochelle Greayer
“A garden is just another room of the house, another place to define and dress however you see fit,” says garden designer, author, blogger, and Harvard resident Rochelle Greayer. She will show us how to get in touch with our individual taste and personal style – Country au courant? Earthy contemporary? Retro rockery?--and then inspire us to find plants, small furniture, and accessories that reflect that style to bring to the garden. With practical ideas, sourcesand news of the latest trends, Rochelle will help us reinvent an outdoor space in tune with our personal spirit, a space that feels definitely ours. Rochelle’s book, “Cultivating Garden Style,” will be for sale.
Hospitality Committee:Susan Leeming, Helen Berry, Kathy Hewett, Stephanie Hooper, Preethi Igoor, Nancy Miller, Jessie Panek, Eileen Ryan
Floral arrangement: Maria Day

May 2017

May 20Annual Plant Sale, Harvard Common, 9:00 a.m. to noon, rain or shine
Locally grown indigenous plants are featured, and local experts will help with tips for gardening success. Prices are reasonable and proceeds are all put back into our community.
Chairs: Mary Ann Piasecki & Janice Rusiecki
May 23Board Meeting at 9:15 a.m. (see yearbook for location)

June 2017

June 5 Annual Meeting (time and place to be determined)